Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course you will know classification, heat treatment, and properties of engineering metals and alloys. You will know the metallurgical phenomena in the main heat treatment and processing methods. You are able to carry out basic metallurgical characterization and indentify microstructures. You are able to relate microstructure to performance.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 22.04.2021 - 31.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Risto Ilola

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Risto Ilola

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Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course introduces the most important ferrous and non-ferrous alloys used in mechanical engineering. The emphasis is in applications in transport, energy, and process industry. The course teaches how the performance and properties are related to alloying and microstructure, and how the microstructure is tailored with different heat treatment methods.  Also, the effect of service environment and temperature are taken into account. Theory is connected to practice in assignments, in which the students will study e.g. hardenability of steels and precipitation hardening of aluminium alloys, and characterize microstructures using optical microscopy and hardness testing.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Evaluation is based on assignments and examination.

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Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Applicaple parts of the following books:

    H.K.D.H. Bhadesia and R.W.K. Honeycombe: Steels, Microstructure and Properties.

    I.J. Polmear: Light Alloys, From Traditional Alloys to Nanocrystals.

    M. Ashby, H. Shercliff and D. Cebon: Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design.

    Journal papers and other scientific literature announced on the course.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Substitute for the courses Kon-67.3101 Physical Metallurgy of Light and Colour Metals (3 cr) and Kon-67.3110 Structure and Properties of Steels (4 cr). 

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